Panasonic Introduces New SD Camcorders with 78x Zoom Lenses

Panasonic announced its 2011 lineup of standard definition camcorders today: the SDR-H100, SDR-T70, and SDR-S70. All three models feature 33m wide-angle lenses and 78x zoom capability.

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Panasonic announced its 2011 lineup of standard definition camcorders today: the SDR-H100, SDR-T70, and SDR-S70. All three models feature 33m wide-angle lenses and 78x zoom capability.

The 78x zoom is something of a misnomer, as the camcorders really feature 70x optical zoom lenses and can combine with an enhanced zoom feature to bump the zoom up to 78x. Panasonic previously offered 70x optical zooms on last year's SDR-S26, so this new announcement is less exciting than it sounds.

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Other features on the camcorders are things that were mostly found on Panasonic's 2010 SD lineup as well. The three models include optical image stabilization systems (with active mode), SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card slots, 1/8-inch CCD sensors, and video upload assistance tools. Panasonic also employs its set of Intelligent Auto controls on these new SD camcorders (including AF/AE tracking).

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The Panasonic SDR-H100 includes an 80GB internal hard drive, while the SDR-T70 offers 4GB of built-in flash memory. The SDR-S70 records to memory cards only. All three models will be available in March 2011 with the SDR-H100 and SDR-S70 having color options of red, black, or silver. The SDR-T70 will only be available with a black paint job.

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